Posted On: 05/24/18 7:00 PM
Standing at 6’9, Phillip Richards, Jr. is a solid prospect. He finishes, rebounds, and blocks shots at a very high level. Last season for Spalding High School, he almost averaged a double-double with 8 points, 12 rebounds, and 3 blocks per game. Richards led his school to its first state playoff appearance in 8 years and went on to earn 1st team All-Region honors. “I want to try to go deeper in the playoffs next season and win state if we can,” he says.
When asked about his game, Richards responded: “I try to resemble Anthony Davis. I like the way he bangs in the paint and rebounds, but he can also score from all three levels. That’s why I try to do.” His AAU coach, Coach Duck Richards of the Griffin Grasshoppers, says, “This kid knows his role. He eats glass, blocks shots, gets rebounds and dunks every put back opportunity. He has perfected his role by grabbing rebounds and protecting the rim by blocking shots.”
Richards has basketball in his blood. His father played at Coastal Carolina and his sister was a WNBA prospect who played at Old Dominion University. Likewise, Richards wants to play at the next level. He claims interest from Albany State. He says, “I would really like to play at a HBCU if I have the chance. I just really like the feel of those schools.” His length and ability to defend the paint will transfer over very nicely at the next level. Coaches will soon realize that every good team needs a player like Phillip Richards, Jr.